By virtue of Executive Order 119 s. 1986 “Reorganizing the Ministry of Health, Its Attached Agencies and for Other Purposes”, the Bureau of Medical Services (BMS) was abolished and its regulatory functions were performed by the Bureau of Licensing and Regulation (BLR). The implementation of E.O. 102 s. 1999 “Redirecting the Functions and Operations of the DOH”, created structural and organization shift to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the regulation of health facilities and services. The functions of the BLR scaled up to include other regulatory functions, such as regulation of clinical laboratories and medical x-ray facilities. The BLR became known as the Bureau of Health Facilities and Services (BHFS). Thru the approval of the DOH Rationalization Plan in 2014, the name Bureau of Health Facilities and Services has been changed to Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau (HFSRB)

Cluster : Health Regulations Cluster
Target Population/Clients : Health Facilities
Area of Coverage : National


E.O. 102 s. 1999 – Redirecting the functions and operations of the Department of Health
R.A. 4226 – Hospital Licensure Act
R.A. 4688 – Clinical Laboratory Law
R.A. 7719 – National Board Services Act
R.A. 9165 – Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act
R.A. 9288 – Newborn Screening Act
P.D. 1542 – Providing for the Regulation and Licensing of Dental Prosthetic Laboratories


⦁ Sets Standards for Regulation of health facilities and services
⦁ Disseminates regulatory policies and standards for information and compliance
⦁ Issues permit to construct (PTC), license to operate (LTO), clearance to operate (CTO), Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), and certificate of accreditation (COA)
⦁ Ensures sustainability of health facilities compliance with regulatory standards
⦁ Provides consultation and advisory services to stakeholders regarding health facilities regulation.

Divisions and Unit

1.  Standards Development Division

⦁ Formulation of Standards and technical requirements
⦁ Dissemination of standards and technical requirements
⦁ Provision of Advisory service and technical assistance to stakeholders

2. Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Division

⦁ Inspection of health facilities to establish compliance to standards and technical requirements
⦁ Issuance of Permit to Construct, License to Operate, Certificate of Accreditation for health facilities
⦁ Issuance of Clearance to Operate for health maintenance organizations
⦁ Processing of Appeals regarding Certificate of Need for new hospitals
⦁ Processing of SEC Endorsements
⦁ Handling of specific complaints against health facilities
⦁ Authentication of medical examination and AIDS-free certifications for OFWs

3. Quality Assurance and Monitoring Division

⦁ Monitoring of licensed health facilities
⦁ Evaluation of status of health facilities under the Centers for Health Development (CHDs)
⦁ Surveillance of unlicensed health facilities
⦁ Advocacy on quality improvement guidelines
⦁ Implementation of quality management systems of HFSRB